Information Center: Medical Malpractice

Every year thousands of hospital deaths in the United States are due to potentially preventable medical errors. Your choice of attorney to represent your interests during a medical malpractice case could mean the difference between successful negotiations or expensive, ongoing litigation. Please contact our firm today to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney who can provide a clear explanation of your legal rights and options.

Information About Medical Malpractice Cases

It is no secret that medical malpractice cases are among the most challenging that a lawyer can face. Perey Law Group is a team of experienced attorneys that has the ability to overcome the challenges involved in these cases.

To learn more about medical malpractice cases, please view the free information we have provided below.

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Medical Malpractice - An Overview

Medical malpractice occurs when a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional results in damage or harm to a patient. Negligence by a medical professional could include an error in a diagnosis, treatment or illness management. If such negligence results in injury to a patient, a case could arise against the doctor if his or her actions deviated from generally accepted standards of practice; against the hospital for improper care, such as problems with medications, sanitation or nursing care; or against local, state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities.

Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as the result of negligence. Medical Malpractice - An Overview continues

Understanding Informed Consent

In many situations where medical care or treatment is provided to an individual, medical professionals are required to obtain the patient’s “informed consent.” Although the specific definition of informed consent may vary from state to state, it means essentially that the patient has made a knowing decision about a medical treatment or procedure after a doctor or other health care professional discloses all the information a reasonably prudent medical provider would give to a patient regarding the risks involved in the proposed treatment or procedure. If the health care provider fails to obtain informed consent, the patient may have a legal claim for damages. Understanding Informed Consent continues

Responsible Parties in Medical Malpractice Actions

Medical malpractice liability is not limited to medical doctors. It also can extend to nurses, dentists, osteopaths, health care facilities and others providing health care services, such as nursing homes. If you believe that you have been the victim of malpractice by any health care provider, do not delay in contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Perey Law Group, PLLC in Seattle, Washington.

Individual Providers – Doctors, Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

In addition to doctors and surgeons, a variety of other health care professionals, including dentists, psychiatrists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, chiropractors and alternative medicine providers, can be held liable for medical malpractice. Responsible Parties in Medical Malpractice Actions continues

Proving Your Case - Causation

To establish a case for medical malpractice, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, that the defendant failed to meet the standard of care owed to the plaintiff, that the mistake actually caused the plaintiff’s injury and that the doctor or other medical professional’s negligence damaged the plaintiff. Proof of causation can be a difficult issue in a medical malpractice lawsuit. For one thing, the injuries generally involved in medical malpractice cases require specific medical training to understand, and the normal plaintiff may not know the cause of such injuries. It is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Perey Law Group, PLLC in Seattle, Washington who can evaluate your situation and work with experts to prove causation. Proving Your Case - Causation continues

Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

To establish a case for medical malpractice, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant failed to meet the appropriate standard of care, that the defendant’s actions actually caused the plaintiff’s injury and that the doctor or other medical professional’s negligence damaged the plaintiff. Damages are a critical element of a medical malpractice case, and the plaintiff cannot recover damages for injuries that did not result from the doctor’s conduct, and so the plaintiff must establish a causal connection or link between the plaintiff’s injury and the doctor’s negligence. Generally, there are two types of damages available to a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases continues

Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice

Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient. Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice continues

Medical Malpractice Resource Links

Division of Quality Assurance
US Department of Health and Human Services. Links to National Practitioner Data Bank and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank.

National Patient Safety Foundation
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Medical Malpractice Contact Form

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Your Options

As the parents of an infant with a birth injury, you may be experiencing stress in the form of grief, anger, confusion and fear. Perhaps you suspect that medical malpractice caused your baby’s injury but don’t know how to prove it or what might be gained by doing so.

Perey Law Group has more than 25 years of experience with cases like yours. We know that taking care of your baby is your first priority, which is why we want to help you win any compensation you may be eligible for. Your Options continues